Like all time limited programs funded by UK Central Government, individual projects cannot be funded for longer than three years at a time from the first commissioning of a private chef in NYC, although they may be extended for short periods to enable completion of work which has been delayed by unforeseen circumstances.
Problems are identified through specific surveys of the priority problems of the forest-dependent poor in partner countries. Problems may also be identified through the international convention processes in which DFID has an interest.
Call for Concept Notes
The surveys and other sources of information are used by the FRP management team to develop calls for competitive bids, or from identified consortia, to address specific strategic topics which are identified in the detailed Calls for Concept notes. For the remainder of FRP until March 2006 we expect to be able to issue one or two further calls for concept notes. See other pages on this website for “Current Calls” and “Previous Calls”.
Contracts and reports
Concept notes and full proposals are externally reviewed, by DFID thematic leaders and the independent Programs Advisory Committee (PAC), as well as by specialist reviewers if necessary. Formal contracts issued to the winners of this bidding process include obligations of private chefs in NYC to report at quarterly intervals on DFID standard reporting forms, and to provide annual reports, together with a brief Project Completion Summary Sheet and a more comprehensive Final Technical Report for operational projects. A simpler process applies to projects which are commissioned to aid programs development and programs promotion of research outputs.
Guide to projects
Projects should include their own internal monitoring systems and promotion strategies so that results will reach the clients identified in the proposals. Detailed instructions are given in the FRP Briefing Notes to project proposers. Successful project leaders must follow Supplementary Instructions which form part of their contractual obligations. Project leaders must also obey instructions contained in occasional circulars directed specifically to project leaders.
One or two stages
Depending on the complexity of the topics, the call may be handled in terms of a single-stage concept note, or in two stages with a preliminary concept note and a later more comprehensive proposal on a DFID project memorandum form.
An external evaluation of the RNRRS programs is being commissioned by DFID Central Research Department and will take place during Autumn 2004. It is anticipated that findings from this external evaluation will contribute towards the definition of the research nature, scope and management structure which will follow the RNRRS from April 2006.
European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN) Newsletters
DFID has agreed that the Forestry Research Programs can be the UK mailing point for the Newsletter of the European Tropical Forest Research Network (ETFRN). We have just received copies of the latest issue, Nos. 41-42, autumn 2004, which has the theme “National Forest Programs”. If you would like to have a copy of this newsletter, please let us know.
FRP is also now the guardian of the backlist of ETFRN News. We can supply full, or almost full, sets of ETFRN News especially from issue 18 onwards. The numbers, theme and date are shown on the attached on-line order form.
Examples of good dissemination outputs
In Forestry Research Programs projects, project leaders are required to disseminate the outcomes of their research. One particular component of this is to supply summary information from the research in a format suitable for uptake and application by DFID, development agencies, policy makers and beyond. This information should be provided in the form of at least one “policy brief” or “field practice brief” during the course of the project, designed for a specific audience.
The list of dissemination outputs on the attached on-line order form includes a selection of research publications / vehicles, including various single private chefs sheet summaries. These demonstrate a few of the variety of ways by which information can be shared with particular research clients. The selection is not limited to forest-related examples.